Why Char Dham Is Meant To Be Visited Once In A Lifetime

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Today my post if for those who are religious travellers, the one who tend to find some temple or a place to worship everywhere they go. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from both India and across the world, head towards four sacred and pious religious sites in India, during the months May-June. Known as Char Dham, these are the places that a person should must visit once in a life time to go through an experience that he can not achieve from anything else. Though May and June are the months when pilgrims visit these places, one can also visit them till the month of October. After which the roads to these places are closed for both the pilgrims and tourists.

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1. Yamunotri Temple:- The source of River Yamuna, Yamunotri is also one of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage. It is a must visit for those who as looking for inner peace. Yamunotri is located at a height of 3293m above sea level and located in Uttrakhand district. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity of the Indo-China border. The trek to Yamunotri temple is a full day one with a 6km walk from Hanuman Chatti and 4km from Janki Chatti. The first step-over of the char dham is a must visit for all the religious travellers.

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2. Gangotri Temple:- if we look at the history of gangotri temple then we come to know that the original Gangotri Temple was built by the Gurkha general, Amar Singh Thapa. According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha’s predecessors, after his severe penance of several centuries. This temple located in Uttrakhand district is the second step-over of the char dham yatra. It is said that Gangotri is the highest and the most important temple of Goddess Ganga and along with this has many picturesque views.

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3. Kedarnath Temple:- considered the holiest temple in India, the Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said to have been built by the 8th century by the philosopher and saint, Adi Shankaracharya. The actual temple is a stone edifice said to be existing since the Mahabharata. The recent disaster might have destroyed all the infrastructure in Kedarnath but it has not effected the belief of its pilgrimages. The yatra still continues for its believers.

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4. Bedrinath Temple:- Located on the banks of Alaknanda River is the Bedrinath temple. The idol inside the temple is that of Lord Vishnu made of a black stone. According to the historians, Shankaracharya discovered a black stone image of Badrinarayan in the Alaknanda river and enshried it in a cave near a hot spring called Tapt Kund in the sixteenth century. This temple is the last step-over of the char dham yatra. Like the other temples this temple is also located in Uttrakhand district.

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